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Analysis & Commentary - Yaya J. Fanusie

Yaya J. Fanusie's Latest Mentions

4th July 2018 – Quoted by Julio Gil-Pulgar - Bitcoinist

Bitcoin’s Next Big Battle: Restoring Its Reputation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Throughout its short existence, Bitcoin has successfully confronted several challenges, such as technical issues and internal wars. It has also withstood relentless persecution from governments and powerful financial personages. However, although Bitcoin is undoubtedly not intrinsically illicit, it unfairly has a bad reputation. more...

18th June 2018 – Quoted by Portia Burton - Medium

Blockchain Insider: Yaya J. Fanusie

Yaya J. Fanusie

Yaya J. Fanusie is the director of analysis for the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, a program run by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonpartisan national security think tank in Washington, DC. His research focuses on the national security and illicit finance implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. He previously worked for several years as a counterterrorism analyst. You can follow him at @SignCurve on Twitter. more...

25th May 2018 – Quoted by Tim Johnson - Australian Financial Review

The trouble with bitcoin: Keeping it from getting hacked, lost or stolen

Yaya J. Fanusie

Here are the drawbacks with digital currencies: hackers and scammers can make them vanish. If an owner has a poor memory, the bitcoins can get locked for eternity in an electronic wallet, like a fly in amber. more...

10th May 2018 – Quoted by Tim Johnson - McClatchy

The trouble with bitcoin: Keeping it from getting hacked, lost or stolen

Yaya J. Fanusie

Here are the drawbacks with digital currencies: Hackers and scammers can make them vanish. If an owner has a poor memory, the bitcoins can get locked for eternity in an electronic wallet, like a fly in amber. more...

24th April 2018 – Quoted by Aaron Stanley - Forbes

Analyst: Don’t Write Off Venezuelan Petro Implications

Yaya J. Fanusie

Ask anybody in crypto or blockchain circles about the Venezuelan petro and you’ll likely get a predictable eyeroll response, but one former counterrorism analyst says the imbroglio needs to be taken more seriously the community. more...

22nd March 2018 – Quoted by Luis Esparragoza - Criptonoticias


Yaya J. Fanusie

La Agencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA) de Estados Unidos ha estado rastreando la blockchain de Bitcoin e identificando a los usuarios de esta. more...

19th March 2018 – Quoted by David Gilbert - Vice

Criminals are racing to cash out their bitcoin. Here’s how they’re doing it

Yaya J. Fanusie

The bitcoin scam worked — almost too well. more...

26th February 2018 – Quoted by Louis Aguilar - The Detroit News

Bitcoin ATMs in Detroit party stores, gas stations

Yaya J. Fanusie

The 23 Bitcoin automated-teller machines in Detroit are installed in places like the Big V Party Store on the northwest side. Signs outside the Big V prominently advertise its goods and services: check-cashing, money orders, liquor, Lotto tickets — and since last year, an ATM dedicated to the so-called future of money. more...

23rd February 2018 – Quoted by Mirko Zago - PuntoInformatico

I jihadisti invitano alle donazioni in Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

Nella controversa realtà delle cripto monete purtroppo tornan a parlare di sé le transazioni volte a finanziare attività criminose. more...

23rd February 2018 – Quoted by Michael del Castillo - Coindesk

Why Venezuela Should Worry About a National Crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie

While not many things are clear about Venezuela's new state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, what is apparent is that many think it's potentially harmful for the country's people. more...

20th February 2018 – Quoted by Brett Forrest and Justin Scheck - The Wall Street Journal

Jihadists See a Funding Boon in Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

When a group that says it provides financial assistance “relating to the jihad” sought to improve conditions for fighters in a squalid, sandbag-fortified trench in Syria late last year, it turned to a new funding conduit: bitcoin. more...

6th February 2018 – Quoted by La Stampa

Bitcoin (in picchiata) e il riciclaggio: tutto quello che sappiamo

Yaya J. Fanusie

Il prezzo di Bitcoin è crollato di nuovo nelle ultime ore scendendo sotto la soglia dei 6.000 dollari arrivando a 5.900 per poi recuperare a 6.500 dollari. more...

31st January 2018 – Quoted by MH&L

What in the World is a Blockchain?

Yaya J. Fanusie

A survey of C-level corporate executives conducted by RANE found that many lack a clear understanding of the technology or benefits of blockchain, a distributed ledger that can permanently record transactions between two parties. more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by Samuel Haig -

Europol and Interpol to Increase Measures Against BTC Laundering

Yaya J. Fanusie

A two-day workshop involving over sixty financial investigators in Basel, Switzerland has seen Europol and Interpol agree upon a range of measures designed to ramp up efforts to combat the use of cryptocurrencies for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes. The event saw attendance from over 60 international financial investigators. more...

29th January 2018 – Quoted by Rob Urban - Bloomberg Markets

Governments Worry That Cryptocurrencies Could Be the ‘Next Swiss Bank Account’

Yaya J. Fanusie

Authorities around the world worry that cryptocurrencies could become tax havens. Too late. It’s already happening. more...

25th January 2018 – Quoted by Casey Egan - Roll Call

National Security Risks Seen in Emerging Blockchain Technology

Yaya J. Fanusie

The expanding popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has brought the emerging blockchain technology to the forefront, and with its rise comes a range of national security concerns for the United States, experts on the new technology say. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Keith Johnson, Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

U.S. Sanctions Weapon is Under Threat — But Not From Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

Venezuela’s announcement that it will soon launch its own virtual currency, “El Petro,” with the express idea of evading U.S. financial sanctions, set alarm bells ringing in Washington about the looming threat to one of the principal weapons in the U.S. foreign-policy arsenal. News of of the virtual currency from Caracas comes on the heels of similar announcements from Moscow, which for years has been seeking a way around the U.S. dollar’s chokehold on its sanctions-strapped economy. more...

21st January 2018 – Quoted by Alexander Lielacher - BTC Manager

Less Than One Percent of Bitcoin Transactions Used for Illicit Activities Says New Study

Yaya J. Fanusie

Released on January 12, 2018, the report titled, “Bitcoin Laundering: An Analysis of Illicit Flows into Digital Currency Services” was prepared by Yaya J. Fanusie and Tom Robinson. more...

19th January 2018 – Criptonoticias

Solo el 1% de las transacciones de Bitcoin provienen de fuentes ilicitas, segun reporte

Yaya J. Fanusie

Las criptomonedas han sido señaladas en variadas ocasiones como herramientas facilitadoras de actividades criminales, un título que se han ganado por sus características descentralizadas y su seguridad criptográfica. Aunque las monedas digitales pueden ser un método utilizado para el lavado de dinero, esta no es su única función y mucho menos la más popular. more...

18th January 2018 – Quoted by Russel Read, Julia Boccagno - Circa

Will terrorists start using Bitcoin?

Yaya J. Fanusie

It's not difficult to understand why terrorists and other nasty actors might be interested in buying up bitcoin. more...